Saturday, April 13, 2024

April 14, 2024

This Week's Supported Workers is the Harmon family at UNC Wilmington.

Toddler

Samuel Helps Eli
God is pleased when children serve Him.
1 Sam 1:24 – 2:11
Joshua 24:15

PreK/ K

The Friend in the Fire
Jesus, our Friend, is with us all the time.
Daniel 3
Psalm 56:3

1st  SS

Victory in Sight
God teaches us to walk by faith.
2 Kings 6:8 – 7:20
2 Cor. 5:7

2nd-3rd SS

Jesus Condemns Hypocrisy
Jesus has power over sin’s effects on our bodies.
Mt 8:1-4; Jn 9:1-7, 3:1-6
Matt 15:8

4th–5th SS

Talk to the Commander
God hears and answers our requests for strength/provision
Mt 8:1-4; Jn 9:1-7;34- 41
1 Peter 2:24

1st–5th  CC

Imprisonment & Release in Philippi
God is worthy of our praise no matter our circumstances.
Acts 16:16 – 40
Eph. 2:8-10

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

April 7, 2024

This week's supported workerss are the McMasters.

Toddler
Mary Sees Jesus
Jesus talked to people after His resurrection.
John 20:1, 2, 11 – 18
Matt. 28:6

PreK/ K
The Friend in Captivity
Jesus, our Friend, helps us obey even when it's hard
Daniel 1
Acts 5:29

1st  SS
New Freedom & New Life
God is the provider of needs and giver of life.
2 Kings 4:1 - 37
Ps 145:15,16

2nd-3rd SS
Jesus Condemns Hypocrisy
Jesus’ true followers worship Him from their hearts.
Mark 2:13-17; 3:1-6
Matt 15:8

4th–5th SS
Praise the Commander
God always deserves our sincere worship and praise
Acts 16:6 – 40
Acts 16:25

1st–5th  CC
Clarifying & Sharing the Gospel
God provides opportunities to witness
Acts 15:1 – 16:15
Eph. 2:8 – 10

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

March 31, 2024

RESURRECTION SUNDAY  – NO SUNDAY SCHOOL – 

This week's supported workers are the Harmons

Toddler
Jesus Rises from the Dead
Jesus died and rose again.
Matt. 28:1 – 8
Matt. 28:6

PreK - 5th Graders
Jesus was raised from the dead for the glory of God and our good.
Resurrection Eggs
Ephesians 2:4 - 5



RESURRECTION QUESTIONS

  1. Do you remember one item from the resurrection eggs or one detail from the Resurrection Story? Why is it important, or what does it mean?
  2. What do you think are the BIG TRUTHS TO REMEMBER ON EASTER?
    • Jesus died.  He didn’t deserve to die, but he died in our place, for our sin. 
    • Jesus rose from the dead.  Jesus’ resurrection was different than other resurrections in the Bible (Lazarus in the NT, the widow’s son in the OT) because Jesus died once.  These other people died again.
    • Jesus' death and resurrection were necessary for my relationship with Jesus Christ.
MEMORY VERSES REMINDERS:
This week's memory verses (Ephesians 2:4-5) are also this week's Fighter Verses - www.fighterverses.com
In class, we looked at the context of last week's Fighter Verses (Ephesians 2:1 - 3).

A specific idea we talked about was if you apologize and say "I am sorry, but you...," the "but you..." negates the apology.  
A similar thing happens in these five verses.  
You were dead.
You once walked in the ways of this world.
You lived in the flesh.
You were children of disobedience.
BUT GOD...
who is rich in mercy
loved us when we were dead
made us alive
saved us.  

PRAISE THE LORD HE IS RISEN!
Praise the Lord that in Him we have life.



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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

march 24 2024

This week's ministry focus is Alpha Grand Rapids

Toddler
Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
Jesus deserves our praise
Matthew 21:1 – 9
Psalm 9:1

PreK/ K
God cared for an enemy
God’s love extends to all people, even enemies.
2 Kings 5:1 – 15
John 3:16

1st  SS
Jesus’ Lesson on Life and Death
Jesus came from God to give us life.
John 11:25

2nd-3rd SS
Jesus has power over creation
Jesus directs His creation to accomplish His will.
Matt 14:22-33; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 5:1-11
Col 1:16, 17

4th–5th SS
Surrender Control
God gave us the Spirit to help us obey Him.
Jn 14:16-18; Acts 3; 4
Acts 1:8

1st–5th  CC
Suffering for the Sake of the Gospel
God calls us to serve Him sacrificially.
Acts 13:13 – 14:28
Acts 14:21a, 22

Here is a list of helpful things the 1st - 5th graders came up with. 



Friday, March 15, 2024

March 17, 2024

 This week's supported ministry is Alpha Grand Rapids

Toddler
Mary’s Gift
God is glad when we give to Him
Mark 14:3-9; Jn 12:1-8
1 John 4:7

PreK/ K
God cared for His Prophets
God takes care of those who serve Him
2 Kings 4:38 – 44
Psalm 37:3

1st  SS
God’s Night Light
Jesus is God’s light in a world dark with sin.
John 3:1 - 21
John 3:17

2nd-3rd SS
Jesus offers eternal life
Jesus provides the only way to eternal life.
John 4:3 – 42
John 3:16

4th–5th SS
Draw Your Sword
God gave us the Bible so we might know and live by the truth
Eph 6:17; Heb 4:12, 13
Eph 6:17

1st–5th  CC
God’s Power Shown on Cyprus
God is more powerful than anyone opposing Him.
Acts 12:25 – 13:12
Acts 14:21a, 22

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

March 24, 2024

This week's supported ministry is Alpha Grand Rapids

Toddler
Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
Jesus deserves our praise
Matthew 21:1 – 9; Psalm 9:1

PreK/ K
God cared for an enemy
God’s love extends to all people, even enemies.
2 Kings 5:1 – 15
John 3:16

1st  SS
Jesus’ Lesson on Life and Death
Jesus came from God to give us life.
John 11:25

2nd-3rd SS
Jesus has power over creation
Jesus directs His creation to accomplish His will.
Matt 14:22-33; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 5:1-11
Col 1:16, 17

4th–5th SS
Surrender Control
God gave us the Spirit to help us obey Him.
Jn 14:16-18; Acts 3; 4
Acts 1:8

1st–5th  CC
Suffering for the Sake of the Gospel
God calls us to serve Him sacrificially.
Acts 13:13 – 14:28
Acts 14:21a, 22

Prayers in Acts

"Throughout redemptive history, praying together has marked the spiritual liveliness of God’s gathered people" (Praying Together, Megan Hill).

This quote plays itself out repeatedly in the Book of Acts.  Below are verses in Acts about prayer and what it did for the church.


Acts 1:14, 24 

These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen.

Waiting and growth in leaders

After being told to wait, the disciples returned to Jerusalem.   As they waited, they devoted themselves to prayer. 

While waiting, they realized it was necessary to appoint a man to replace to replace Judas.  Their selection process included prayer.


Acts 2:42

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.

Acts 2:41 states, "That day there were added about three thousand souls."  With all of this growth, the church still devoted itself to teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and prayer.  This great growth did not distract them from what they needed to do.


Acts 4:31 

And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Around this prayer in Acts 4:31 we see a growth in boldness and in unity among the church.


Acts 6:6

And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

At the point when the apostles said men needed to be selected to serve the widows so they could devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the word.  After the selection of the seven men, the people prayed.


Acts 9:40

But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Tabitha died (9:37).  Peter prayed (9:40).  God raised her from the dead (9:40).  Many believed (9:42).  


Acts 10:1-3

Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually.  About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!”

In Acts 10, Cornelius prayed to God continually and the gospel spread beyond the Jews.


Acts 12:12

And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

Peter was in prison, but people prayed fervently for him (12:5).  Upon his miraculous release, he went to the house where people were praying for him.  At the end of this chapter, we read that the word of the Lord continued to grow and be multiplied.  


Acts 13:1-3

Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas and Simeon, who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

The Holy Spirit called Barnabas and Paul to mission work.  The church prayed for them and sent them out.  The Antioch church grew by sending to of their brightest away.


Acts 14:23

When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Paul was stoned and thought dead.  He went on and strengthened souls and encouraged them to continue in the faith.  They appointed elders in every church and prayed and fasted.  The church grew.